Gosaikunda Lake Trek is unique and one of the best pilgrimage trails in Langtang Himalayan ranges. The festival is celebrated The Gosainkunda Janai Festival trek climbs more steeply through farmland and above the tree line up an alpine ridge that offers a vast Himalayan panorama, to reach a rocky bowl studded with scared high altitudes lakes. Gosainkunda Janai Festival Trek allows you to get right in among the Himalayan peaks and to get off-the-beaten-track, walking through some fascinatingly remote and relatively unpopulated areas.
Gosaikunda lake trek also spelled Gosainkunda and Gosain Kunda is an alpine freshwater oligotrophic lake. The lake melts to form the Trishuli River; it remains frozen for six months in winter October to June. It is called frozen lake also.
Most of the Hindus, mainly from Nepal and India, visit this place on the occasion of Janai Purnima and Gaijatra. It is believed that taking a bath in this holy lake will save from worldly worries, troubles and also receive religious benefits. The surroundings of this lake are beautiful and scenic. About 108 other small lakes are found in this area. Among all of them, some of the famous lakes are Dudh Kunda, Jageshwar Kunda, Saraswati Kunda, Bhairab Kunda, Surya Kunda, Nag Kunda, and Ganesh Kunda. It is believed that the Great National Hero Amar Singh Thapa went to Gosainkunda to lead the life of Hermit and passed away there.
Gosaikunda Lake has great importance in the religious aspects. Traveling in such a beautiful and sacred place by feeling nature and learning about the history and origin of the lake can be a fun and memorable experience if you are planning to visit the Holy lake Gosainkunda than joining our team of experts who will help you with the trek as well as give you a brief knowledge about the origin of Gosainkunda Lake.
Duration: 05 Days
Max. Altitude: Gosaikunda Lake (4460m)
Trek Grade: Fairly Strenuous
Best Travel Time: February – June, September – November are the best seasons. However, July & August are okay, and trekking can be done but not so clear visibility due to rain.
Accommodation: Local Tea house during a trek
Transportation: Local Bus/Private Jeep
Day 01: - Drive Kathmandu to Dhunche
It will take some 7 hrs by bus or by private car. The administrative headquarters of the region, Dhunche, is a reasonably pleasant place. This is the main entry point to the Langtang national park. Overnight stay at the Hotel in Dhunche.
Day 02: - Dhunche to Chandanbari
You will climb in the jungle. Chandanbari is a small town with few lodges and Monastery. The Cheese factory here is the oldest in Nepal.
Day 03: - Chandanbari to Gosaikunda Lake (4460m) via Lauribinayak
The trail today takes two parts. Initially, the trail climbs steeply up a ridge that marks a transition zone between rich, moist mountain forests and dry scrub vegetation on the slopes. The path to Lauri Binayak (3920m) is steep & continues for three hours. We follow a rugged trail with dramatic views to the west; Manaslu range, Ganesh Himal range, Tibetan peaks, and to the north also across the valley is Langtang Lirung.
From LauriBinayak, the trail ascends now in the alpine country above the tree line. Cross a small ridge to see the first view of the holy lake of Gosaikunda. There are about a dozen lakes around Gosaikunda Basin, the main three being Saraswatikunda, Bhairabkunda, and Gosaikunda. Hundreds of pilgrims come here to worship and bathe during the full-moon festival every August.
Day 04: - Gosaikunda to Sing Gompa and trek down to Dhunche
Trek down back to Sing Gompa for about four and a half hours working. The trail descends all the way to Sing Gompa, passing LauriBinayak with magnificent mountain views and forests. Also, you can enjoy the back views of beautiful mountains with a returning path. The trail begins with descending through pine, silver oak and rhododendrons forests with marijuana plants reaching to the tiny village of Deurali (1660m). Then start the steep down journey from the ridge crossing wooden Bridge over the Sing Gompa Stream. Follow the road uphill that follows the south bank of Trisuli Ganga through the fields and pastures. From this point, our path goes even through some human settlements and reaches Dhunche, the headquarters of Rasuwa district.
Day 05: - Dhunche to Kathmandu (1320m)
Drive back to Kathmandu by bus, which is about 7-8 hours journey. It is a pleasant drive back to Kathmandu, enjoying the natural varieties of Nepal. You will have lunch on the way bus stop stations.
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Tea house & Lodge
Gosaikunda Lake (4460m)